Considering Annie says that she'd like to have Cynthia coach with her when she retires strongly suggests that they parted on amicable terms. Good.
I'm hopeful that this new coaching relationship with Brian Orser will work out for Cynthia. Wishing them both the best in this collaboration.
I think qualifying for the Olympics is a long shot, but maybe he can get her to the point where she can go out feeling good about herself and having some options as a pro skater. It worked for Rudy Galindo.
Last edited by algonquin; 11-19-2011 at 02:42 PM.
Works for me!
A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane. They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed - it's an important distinction. - Rick Mercer
I am just under 5'7" and have stood close to Cynthia with both of us in flat shoes and we're about the same height. She's certainly not more than 5'7".
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
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I think Skate Canada would do better to focus on getting some of the young ones up to speed.
Even if Pfaneuf did not make the cut-off for the Olympics by having her worst showing at Worlds since Moscow in 2005, there's also the Olympic qualifying competition in Fall 2013 for the last six or so spots.
Or to put in another perspective, Amelie Lacoste placed 16th at her first trip to Worlds coming in as a late substitute for an injured Myriam Samson.
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
Although I'm thrilled that Cynthia has finally switched coaches (she should have done this years ago!), i think it may be too late. She tends to do well at Nats and that's about it. Reminds me a lot of Josee unfortunately.
I've been trying to get back into the Canadian ladies skating since the Olympics and honestly, without Joannie, i simply can't watch. Our ladies have been abysmal all season long and we went from having 2 spots for so many years to one. I'm not saying that Amelie Lacoste or Myriam Samson are not as good; however, our ladies are as inconsistent as they've ever been but it was hidden by having such a strong competitor in Joannie.
i'm praying that she comes back next season and i'm sure Skate Canada are talking to her about coming back. Whatever she decides, i'll respect. I think that the sad part is that in 2 years since the Olympics, we really have not had anyone really step up to plate and continued what Joannie has started. i'm not sure if it has to do with the skater development program because I know there is tons of talent there, but we need to find a remedy.
This story was mentioned briefly yesterday on CBC's coverage of TEB. Brian made a nice statement complimenting Annie's work with Cynthia and saying that Cynthia just needed a change. (Sorry, i don't have the exact quote and I had to delete it right after I watched it since my pvr was literally 100% full )